June 20

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ by Jules Verne

The novel that I will be talking about is called, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, and was written by Jules Verne. The book was set in London, England, in 1872. The story begins at the Reform Club that one of the main characters, Phileas Fogg, regularly goes to. It is at the Reform Club that Mr Fogg places a wager of £20,000 on him being able to travel around the world in 80 days. Because of this wager and the adventure that Mr Fogg and his new servant, Passepartout, go on, the setting changes continuously. The pair visit places such as Paris, Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, New York, Liverpool, and London.

There are four major characters: Phileas Fogg, Jean Passepartout, Mr, Fix and Aouda. Phileas Fogg is a rich man who is very punctual and has very high standards, which is shown as he fired his butler because he brought Mr Fogg’s shaving water in at a few degrees colder than he likes it. Jean Passepartout is Fogg’s butler, who is loyal to Fogg and always does as he is told. Mr Fix is a detective who suspects that Mr Fogg stole a lot of money. Aouda is a young woman from India who Mr Fogg and Passepartout rescued before she was sacrificed.

The four main characters go on an adventure that has many ups and downs. After Mr Fogg makes his wager, he and Passepartout start on their journey around the world only to be followed by Mr Fix. The characters travel through Europe and Eastern Asia only to make it to India to find that the rail line hasn’t been built yet. Mr Fogg then buys an elephant for them to ride on to keep their journey moving forward. It is also during their time in India that Mr Fogg and Passepartout rescue a girl, Aouda, from being sacrificed and she joins them on their journey. Passepartout and Mr Fogg are separated by Mr Fix in Hong Kong but they meet up in Japan before they head off to America. In America, the characters are travelling by train when it is attacked by Native Americans and Passepartout is captured. Mr Fogg then goes to rescue him. This meant that they miss their train to the East Coast, so the pair travel by sledge instead. They then miss their boat but Mr Fogg was able to take control of a small vessel to make the trip home across the Atlantic. Mr Fogg is arrested by Mr Fix in Ireland but is later released when the real criminal is arrested in London. Mr Fogg marries Aouda and ends up arriving a day early, winning his wager and the £20,000.

Overall, I would rate this book a 1/10 because I personally didn’t enjoy it because it isn’t the type of book that I like to read. The way the author wrote the book didn’t make much sense to me as it was written in ‘Old English’. I didn’t feel any emotions when reading this book, therefore, I would not recommend this book to my friends.

By Preston D., Year 8

June 1

‘TUCK EVERLASTING’ by Natalie Babbitt

“Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live.”

Why doesn’t everyone face their fear?

Meet the Tucks. They look like a young family, well that’s what a girl named Winnie thinks until she finds out that they are over 100 years old.

This book will make you think twice about everything that you have either wanted to do or haven’t ever thought of doing. If you love science fiction, then Tuck Everlasting is definitely for you.

The book is about a ten-year-old girl named Winnie. She doesn’t like her life. Her family is very strict and don’t let her go out of the gate. One day she heads off into the woods and meets a boy named Jessie who was drinking from a spring that apparently makes you immortal. Winnie is kidnapped by Jessie, his mother and brother. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s scared, until she gets to know the Tucks and realises that they are all very kind. Jessie is 17 and he finds himself having feelings for Winnie, therefore he gives her some water from the spring and said “drink this when you turn 17 so we can be together forever”. Winnie thinks about the offer but doesn’t ever drink. She wanted to live her life and not be afraid of death.

You definitely must read this book if you are 10+ however I don’t recommend this book to 9- as there is violence and can be boring and have a bad influence on them.

I would rate this book 3 stars out of 5, The book got my attention at the start and finish. I lost interest in the middle but who knows? Tuck Everlasting might be for you.

Nicholas E, Year 8.

June 1

‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card

Are you into war and alien stories? Good! Ender’s Game is the book for you!

Orson Scott Card is the author of Ender’s Game and is also the author of many other great and interesting books, such as Ender’s Shadow and Ender in Exile which like Ender’s Game are great reads.

This novel is a science fiction genre story about a smart boy who goes to battle school to learn how to battle in space against the aliens or buggers. This is an intense book that keeps you hooked throughout the whole story. This book is memorable and compelling story and has interesting characters.

Ender’s Game is a great in-depth book with an engaging story line that keeps the reader guessing throughout the whole book, which adds an intense element to this book. Not only does Ender’s Game have a great story line, its setting or atmosphere is thought-out well by Orson Scott because the setting is out in space which is futuristic and I can’t think of one child who thinks space isn’t cool, which I think why Orson Scott chose this.  A character that I think stands out in Ender’s Game is Ender. I think this because he is so smart and knows what do in various situations. I also think this because he is only young and can lead the military into battle against the buggers. These are some reasons why Ender stands out to me.

I love the ending of Ender’s Game and it satisfies me. The reason I love this ending so much is because Ender is manipulated into thinking he’s in a battle simulator but he wipes out the entire race of buggers. I like Orson Scott’s style of writing because there are lots of unexpected twists throughout the story.

I think the novel’s moral is to do what’s right. Ender goes to battle school and enters the war against the buggers and saves the world, instead of staying at home and possibly losing to the aliens and Earth getting destroyed. This novel says to young people to do the right thing and not get caught up with bad situations.

I personally liked this book and therefore I scored it a four out of five. I liked this book because of the in-depth story line of Enders life through battle school. My highlight of the book is the setting; I like this because it suits Ender’s Game so much because Ender and the military go to war with the buggers which are an alien race. I think this book is a great example of sci-fi because there are space crafts and aliens. We at an age where space ships could only be a decade or two away plus having space ships we could find an alien species which could happen but it’s unlikely which is what sci-fi is. I would recommend this book to teenage boys who like alien war stories. Ender goes to war with the aliens and as a boy I love this book. This is an intense book that keeps you hooked throughout the whole story. This is a memorable and compelling story and has interesting characters. I rate Ender’s Game four out of five.

Max K., Year 8

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The book I am about to write about is beyond amazing. It’s gripping and emotional storyline makes it known as one of the best science fiction novels ever written. Ender’s Game is set in Earth’s future where a recruit in battle school named Ender Wiggin thinks he is playing a simulated war game but he is engaged in something far greater. You may recognize the writer’s name, Orson Scott Card, from other award winning Science Fiction books that he has written such as Ender’s Game sequel novel Speaker for the Dead. Both Enders Game and its sequel won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Orson Scott Card the only author to win both science fiction’s top U.S. prizes in consecutive years. (Wikipedia)

Ender’s Game is about a boy genius named Ender Wiggin, who was selected by international military forces to save Earth from destruction. Ender was transferred to a battle school which is located on a ship far from Earth. Whilst in battle school, Ender manages to get further in one of his training exercises, called the “mind game”, then anyone ever had before him. The military commanders take notice of this. This is one of the ways they found out Ender was the man that would save the world from the “Buggers”, an insectoid alien species threatening Earth’s survival.

Ender’s Game is set far into the future (2086), however it is evident that there are many similar aspects of Ender’s life that correspond with modern society. In the novel Ender is physically and verbally abused by a gang of bullies. Eventually he’s forced to brutally beat the leader of this gang to protect himself. One in four students in Australia, ranging from Year 4 to Year 9, claim they are regularly attacked by playground thugs. This proves that despite the differences in time, bullying always remains relevant to society.

As this book contains the depression of Ender after he has ended the race of aliens that searching for a new home I do not recommend it to readers under the age of ten. However, it is perfect for years 10 and over because of the adventure that Ender takes part in. The book will also widen children’s imagination by far because of all the fictional features in the book, such as space travel, extra-terrestrials, space ships, and the unknown information about our universe that is predicted in this book. I rate this spectacular, spell-binding, spine tingling novel, a nine out of ten.

By Logan M., Year 8

May 30

‘Gathering blue’ by Lois Lowry

Kate’s mother is gone. What will she do now?

Now that Kate’s mother is gone, the village is ganging up on Kate because she is crippled. If one goes, they all follow. Kate doesn’t feel as comfortable as she used to, but her magical talent might save her.

Are you a kind of person who loves drama, mystery and action packed novels? Well this is the book for you. You must read this amazing story!

This novel is set in a small village where there are many people and jobs. Kate’s mother just died from an illness and her dad was attacked by crazy beasts while he was doing his job. Vandara likes to gang up on Kate and when she does, everyone follows. Kate is crippled and this makes it hard for her to do her job as a weaver although she is very good at this. Her mum has been teaching her weaving since she was little. Vandara and Kate don’t get along because of all the hate Vandara puts on Kate, but Kate’s special talent is there to prove everyone wrong.

I enjoyed this novel because it was interesting and full of surprises. It had a very creative plot which was very enjoyable. It is full of special and crazy characters. After a confusing beginning with Kate’s mother’s death, it started to get interesting. This novel was impossible to put down. This book also effectively tackles the theme of standing up for yourself and not worrying about what people think, but also the importance of doing what you love. This was very relatable for my age group.

I would recommend this book for readers aged 10+ who enjoy reading books that go back in time and have a little drama to them. I enjoyed this story and I rated ‘Gathering blue’ by Lois Lowry three out of five stars. It is not a book I would usually go for, but it is still an amazing story.

Marlee C, Year 8

November 26

‘Chinese Cinderella’ by Adeline Yen Mah

Chinese Cinderella“If you had not been born, Mama would still be alive. She died because of you. You are bad luck.”

Yen Jun-ling was born into the life of an unwanted, unloved child. Her mother died giving birth to her, and her siblings constantly blame her for this. Her father barely even knows her name, and her new stepmother Niang dislikes her stepchildren from the second she enters their lives. Yet, there is hope for Yen Jun-ling in the form of her academic prowess.

In a struggle to gain her father’s attention, and please the family members who still dearly love her, Yen strives for utmost perfection in her work and constantly works on her homework. Despite the cruel tricks of her brothers and sisters, and the harsh favouritism Niang gives to her own children, Yen pulls through the struggles and continues to excel in her work. Yet, her friends at school never know what she hides behind her cheerful smiles. They know nothing of the uncaring family she visits at home every day, who force her to walk home during typhoon-like weather without a second thought. Her hope in life, being strong in front of others and being untouched by the cruelties of life is soon displayed in her hobby – writing.

This true story tells of a girl who was once portrayed as a demonic witch of bad luck, who strives to her limits to prove that she is more than just a waste of space. Her willpower and hope is ever inspiring and astounding to read. The reader will smile when she smiles, cry when she cries, and feel the same emotions of pain, anger and discomfort when she does. Just when everything seems to be fine, another tormenting turmoil crashes into her life, yet she lives to tell the tale.

Chinese Cinderella is perhaps the best book I’ve read that retells a true story. The losses and victories of a small girl born with many burdens shows how anyone can pull through in the toughest of times. A motivating story like this is recommended for teenagers and adults alike, but females would perhaps relate to the story more than males.

Demetra P., Year 9

November 25

Coming of the Whirlpool – Ship Kings 1 – by Andrew McGahan

The coming of the whirlpool“If you go to sea, you will come to the attention of the Ship Kings. And if they discover who you are, they will kill you!”

Intrigued by the sea and his desire to set sail, Dow Amber is about to face the toughest time of his life. Up in the high country in New Island we meet the woodcutters. Every autumn they travel up to the mountains, to cut down wood for their village. In this story we meet Dow Amber, an intriguing teenager who has lived his early years only knowing the high country. Like his dad, Dow has been brought up to a life of logging. However, when Dow’s dad shows him the magnificent ocean, he instantly becomes attached. He travels down to the bay known as the Claw where he hopes to learn the ropes of travelling the sea. However, he finds people who do not want to sail out, as they have been cursed by a whirlpool that haunts the bay.

The Rulers of the world, the Ship Kings, arrive at the shore. Dow instantly becomes intrigued with them, especially with a girl who lives on the ship. Does Dow’s life lie with the Ship Kings or will he face death with the mysterious whirlpool? Some fellow characters that are included in this story are Captain Chloe, Nathaniel and Boiler Swan the innkeeper.

I enjoyed this book because I was instantly engaged by the story. I can relate well to the book as the main character is a teenage boy. It set an interesting picture in my head of the setting and the events that occurred. The language that is included makes it a better read. The ending made me want to instantly pick up the sequel.

I recommend this book for teenagers and young adults who are interested in a thrilling sea adventure. This book would mostly appeal more for boys, however some girls who also love adventure might also enjoy this story. This story is an amazing read. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

John K, Year 9.

November 16

‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne

Boyinthestripedpyjamas“…Despite the mayhem that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.”

The Boy In Striped Pyjamas will have you on the edge of your seat with its thrilling content and interesting characters. Bruno and his family have just moved to Auschwitz, but Bruno knows that something weird is going on in his father’s office. When Bruno and his sister were looking through the window one day they saw something unusual. To them it just looked like a farm with some people wandering around, but little did they know it was more that… much more than that. Later, after listening to his father’s lecture on not going near the “farm”, Bruno decides to take an adventure. As he gets closer to the so what “farm” he sees a large fence that goes the whole way round the farm. He realizes that the people there are men and boys wearing striped pajamas. One day he came across a little boy about his age. Shmuel and Bruno became friends separated by the fence. Bruno had no idea what was going on on the other side of the fence but neither did Shmuel. They both thought it was some sort of family camp but they did not realize what was coming their way.

I really enjoyed The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. I found myself glued to the book, as the plot got so thrilling. I loved how the author left me on the edge of my seat, wanting me to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to 14-20 year olds who are interested in plots based on real life stories. I would rate this book 4 ½ out of 5 stars.

Macy G, Year 9

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Think about your life at the moment; think about your friends and family. Now imagine if you and your family had to leave all your relatives and close friends to live in a secluded area that you had never even heard of! For ten-year-old Bruno this was exactly the case!      Bruno was only young and his father was a very high up figure in the German army during WW2. Bruno didn’t like his new life, but eventually he came to terms with it. Due to the young boy’s innocence, he knew nothing of the terrible things that went on in the death camps that lay only a few meters away from his new home.

Bruno couldn’t stand his boredom, so one day he decided to go exploring, and discovered a boy named Shmuel who was on the opposite side of a big fence. He could never understand why, but one thing he did know was that everyone on the other side of the fence wore ‘striped pyjamas’. The two boys became best friends and their friendship grew stronger. The boys would talk almost every day and both enjoyed discovering new things. Their curiosity and need for adventure ended up with heart-breaking consequences.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas written by John Boyne is thrilling, emotional and full of adventure. The characters, storyline and themes associated with this book will keep you on the edge of your seat! The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas relates to many different readers. I was instantly captivated with the way the author wrote about such an important time in our history. This story was one of the best that I have ever read, as the author plays on so many emotions.

I recommend this book to people 13 years and over of any gender because the concepts are more relevant to this age group. I would give this book a 5 star rating, as I loved everything about.

Alannah A., Year 9

November 16

‘The Hobbit’ (Graphic Novel) by J.R.R Tolkien

the-hobbit-graphic-novelAre you ready for an adventure where fantasy creatures come to life, and where you will be always sitting on the edge of your seat? Then ‘The Hobbit (revised edition, graphic novel)’ is the book for you.

This fantasy novel takes place in Middle Earth and starts in Hobbiton, near the Shire. Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and Gandalf are the main characters in this novel. Bilbo Baggins is the hobbit of the novel and is known as a burglar, elf – friend, and ring – bearer. Thorin Oakenshield is the king of the dwarves in the story and will stop at nothing to reach his fallen castle. He is also known as King of Durin’s folk, and King under the mountain. Gandalf is the wizard of the movie and is known as the Servant of fire, Elf – friend, Istar, Wielder of the Flame of Anor, and Ring – bearer.

The story outline is the dwarves are going back to their fallen town and they need a Burglar to help them, so that’s why they get Gandalf who is also coming on the journey to call into Bilbo Baggins’ house and try and get him to join them. He then joins and they all go on a journey, where magical creatures such as orcs and massive spiders that are trying to stop them from getting to the dwarves’ fallen city, with little side adventures along the way.

I liked ‘The Hobbit (revised edition)’ because it was full of action and awesome fighting scenes. J.R.R Tolkien just has that way with writing that when you start you just can’t put that book down and must know what’s going to happen with these characters, that feel like you know them like they are your best friend.

I would recommend ‘The Hobbit (revised edition)’ from early teens and young adults between the ages of 11 – 25 who are interested in Sci – Fi, Adventure, and fantasy novels and also who love action packed reads. This novel ‘The Hobbit (revised edition)’ has a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

‘Ray L., Year 9’

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The Hobbit is a well-known book that you may know from the hit series Lord of the Rings that many readers enjoy to read. The start of this book is set out really well. The story is set in the mountains where all the hobbits live, where the famous character Bilbo Baggins is chosen to join Gandalf on a quest to retake a kingdom. The main characters are very catchy and you will be attached to them in the first couple of pages since they contain many traits such as humour and kindness.

Most of the main characters join the hobbit on his adventure to take back their kingdom. The hobbits come across many challengers trying to reclaim their kingdom. The characters come across many allies on the quest as well, who join them to on the adventure. This book is highly recommended to teenagers who like Lord of the Rings or have seen the movies. The lovable story line will catch the attention of even adults who like Lord of the Rings.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an adventurous type of novel, mostly young teens since they are more likely to understand it. It hasn’t got every scene from the movie but I guarantee you will enjoy this book.

Aaron.k       year 9

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The Hobbit is an adventurous novel which consists of adventures and awesome plot twists. The Hobbit is set in Middle Earth. The main characters that impressed me the most were Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and Thorin. Bilbo Baggins isn’t quite your usual hobbit. Instead of sitting down enjoying a quiet life like other hobbits, Bilbo likes to go out on adventures and perform adrenaline pumping stunts. Gandalf also isn’t your average wizard. He is very wise and takes Bilbo by his side throughout the adventures they go on together. Gandalf is also very powerful and has a lot of abilities under his belt. Thorin is the leader of the dwarves. Thorin’s main goal is to reclaim his land and defend it from intruders. The land means a lot to Thorin because it consists of a lot of the gold from Middle Earth.

The Hobbit is about a group of friends who went on an adventure to reclaim their land from a dragon that invaded and took over. They also have to worry about other armies and evil creatures that want them all dead. I really enjoyed this book because it is very adventurous and gets you hooked very fast.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes to get lost in an adventure and who also likes fantasy novels.

Luke M., Year 9

June 12

‘Tuck Everlasting’ by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck EverlastingDon’t be afraid of death, be afraid of an unlived live. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

In the book “Tuck Everlasting” there is a family that drank from a spring and they lived forever. The family found a girl watching their son drink the water and his brother took her away. The girl’s family was so scared because they could not find their daughter. Then the Tuck family asked her if she would like to drink from the spring but she didn’t drink the water.

The book is set in 1881. It is set in the middle woods and the Tuck family who own the woods call it Treegap Wood. The main characters in the book are the Tuck family and Winnie Foster. The Tuck family (Mae Tuck, Mile Tuck, Angus Tuck and Jesse Tuck) are a nice, kind family that look after their family and others around them. Winnie Foster is a quiet girl mainly because she lives with a rich family and her mum tells her what to do all the time and she can never live freely.

Briefly, the book is about Winnie Foster who gets taken by the Tuck family and Winnie lives with them for most of her life. Her parents try looking for her then eventually find her and the Tuck family get in trouble.

I enjoyed all the action and romance in the book. There was a lot happening because there were people looking around trying to find the spring that had the water to drink that made you live forever because everyone wants to live forever. The romance was good because Winnie and Miles loved each other and books that have romance make people more interested in the book and they want to keep reading. I recommend this book for teenage girls or boys because it is a great book to read. There is a lot of mystery and everyone will enjoy the book.

Taylah J Year 8

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“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

It was the first week of August 1881, and unlike other children Winnie Foster spent her first week of summer behind her locked gate. Winnie’s family run a tight ship, their home is always clean and polished, unlike the Tuck family.

Winnie is a ten year old girl, who is sick of her family watching over her like a hawk. She has a dream to one day escape to a place where she can be free and do whatever she wants. One morning everything changed. Winnie finally had the guts to run away and become free.

We all know what it feels like to be independent and do our own thing, but has Winnie really made the right decision? When Winnie is kidnapped by the Tuck family, she is in for quite a change. Winnie goes from a young ten year old girl who has no independence, to kid who needs to hurry and grow up quick.

Winnie’s life is completed transformed when she falls in love with Jesse Tuck. Winnie had gone from having no idea what being in love felt like to hardly being able to stand on her feet while looking at Jesse Tuck.

On top of being in love, Winnie even played the role of adult among the Tucks. She is always there to comfort the Tucks when they’re down and stick up for them when they’re in trouble.

When the Tucks tell Winnie their story, it was one of the strangest stories she had ever heard. Winnie suspected that she was the first person the Tuck’s had ever told their story to, as they would gather around her like children and interrupt each other while talking.

What’s more is Winnie has to keep everything a secret and as soon as Winnie moves back in with her family everyone knows something has changed. Winnie had always dreamt of doing something interesting and after spending time with the Tuck family it seems like her wish has been granted.

Millie, Year 8

June 11

‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien

hobbit-cover-01In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, nor yet a dry. This was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort…

Ok! Let me stop you right there! Does this sound like the type of book you would love to read any day, every day? Then the Hobbit is the book for you. But now that we’ve got that over and done with that we should get back to is my blog…

Bilbo Baggins was a little man, smaller than a dwarf of any sort. He was a hobbit. Hobbits are inclined to be fat in the stomach and dress in bright colours and wear no shoes. When Bilbo Baggins sets off on a quest with a company of dwarfs including the king of the dwarfs himself, Thorin Oakenshield, and Gandalf the grey wizard, they try to redeem the dwarves’ homeland but have to travel through Middle Earth the godforsaken place with hoards of orcs and evil creatures everywhere. But there was one problem Bilbo Baggins was neither swift and accurate elf nor one thick-headed killing machine orc. He was just a little hobbit that had barely ever left his home’s side. As the book progresses Bilbo starts to find out something about himself – things that he never thought were there. He even finds something what will change him forever.

The Hobbit was an exciting and mysterious book. I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I really recommend it to anyone who has a heart for adventures, entertaining and mind blowing books. I would no question whatsoever give this book a ten out of ten. PS The movie is also good.

George M, Year 8

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All was well, until one day a thunder storm appeared, not just a thunder storm it was a thunder battle.’

The main protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, is a hobbit who does not like to go on adventures. He hardly likes to leave his hobbit hole. But one day Gandalf, a famous wizard, comes to Bilbo’s house and marks his door with a special mark to signal the dwarves.

Now I will stop right there because I don’t want to spoil it. Sounds exciting? Right! Well it is very exciting when you are reading it. I believe that The Hobbit is a very good book for all ages. The book is mainly for teenagers but middle-aged men would also enjoy it. But not just males can enjoy this book. Many females will enjoy it too.

So if you find that you may like it head down to your local library or bookshop and pick it up. But before you go and get it let me tell you if you are the kind of person that likes to read a romantic comedy turn away and find a new book. But if you like adventure and action with little bits of humour this will be a great book for you. So what are you waiting for? Go get the book and read it.

George B, Year 8

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“I don’t know. Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay.

Does this sound like the type of book you love to read? Will it keep you up till midnight? Then The Hobbit is the book for you.

The Hobbit shows thrills, bravery, wonder and adventure which are the main things kids want to read in a book like this. Even though The Hobbit is a scary movie, the book is suitable for ages above 6. This book starts the adventure by following the journey of the character Bilbo who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The Hobbit has taught me about adventure and that life is too long to do nothing, for example Bilbo is at home one day doing nothing, and then someone comes and says we will be at your house later. I would rate this book 4 out of a 5 because of how many scenes show about them fighting and doing adventuring stuff.

We read The Hobbit as a cartoon book so it had many pictures for us to see and read and understand what is happening in the book. It has bright colours and some really dark colours to show the reader how high the mountains are that they are trying to climb. As they reached to the top they found orks that they had to fight. Overall this is a great book.

By Jack T., Year 8

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“The bells were ringing in dale and men looked up with faces pale the dragons ire more fierce than fire laid low their towers and house frail.”

This story is set in a fantasy land where dwarfs, hobbits, men, elves, goblins and orcs roam the earth. They all live in Middle-earth and all have enemies and allies.

Bilbo Bagins is a short stubby looking hobbit. He is a quiet but loyal hobbit who hides in his house minding his own business, but when he was needed by Gandalf for an adventure he at first hesitates but then he realises that he is needed so he loyally joins Gandalf. Gandalf is a mysterious wizard with a big long beard and a large grey pointed hat. He likes to tell his stories about what he has done and is extremely wise. There are twelve dwarves in the book and all of them have beards and they are a very rowdy group, who drink and party together.

In the book the The Hobbit, the main character Bilbo Baggins, is smoking his pipe when a grey wizard walks up to the front of his house. They have a brief conversation about an adventure to Mordor with twelve dwarves to kill the dragon Smaug and win back Thorin’s gold. The Hobbit tells of the adventures that the characters have along the way and comes to a conclusion when they finally reach Thorin’s gold.

I found this book to be quite good but it is not my kind of book.   I just didn’t find it very interesting, I found it to be very repetitive. In the book the characters always get caught or get into trouble and then they would escape and then it started all over again, capture, trouble, escape.

The characters are well described and you can understand who they are and their motivation but I felt the character that stood out for me was Thorin. This character gave me the feeling that he had been through many hardships in his life and there was depth to his character. He overcomes his greed and obsession with his gold to become a better person.

I would recommend this comic type illustrated book to children between 9 and 15 who enjoy fantasy books. My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

Angus N. Year 8

May 19

‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card

enders gameThey thought his brother was the one, but he failed. His sister did not make the cut either. Instead, he was the chosen one. Ender is his name.

Does this intrigue you a little? If so ‘Ender’s Game’ is the book for you? Not only is this a New York Times Best Seller, but it has also been made into a movie.

Ender’s journey is set in many places. He starts off at The Battle School where he battles many bullies, then his journey takes him into space to The Lake House where he goes on to battle many teams. Being so successful in defeating all teams, Ender is then promoted to Command School. While at Command School the adults manipulate Ender into thinking he was playing a game but really they where setting him up for battle to defeat the species called the Buggers.

Throughout Andrew Wiggins’ (Ender) mission you get to meet many characters, from his ruthless, power driven and deceiving brother Peter, to his lovely intelligent and caring sister Valentine. While in Battle School Ender becomes friends with Alai, Bean and Petra.

I really enjoyed the story of ‘Ender’s Game’, because I found the story to be very interesting. It’s about a boy who lives in a game and shows the trickery of adults to get young people to do their dirty deeds in the games. I found the battle scenes to be very tense and physical. The scenes were described by Orson Scott Card in great detail and it made you feel as though you were there.

I would recommend this novel for the range of teenagers to young adults or maybe even the young at heart Sci Fi followers. I really enjoyed this book and I would rate the book ‘Ender’s Game’ 4 out of 5 stars.

Zac.C , Year 9.

May 18

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter & the Goblet of FireThe fourth stunning book to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is arguably one of, if not the best, installment yet. The action packed novel has already had so many positive reviews, such as: ‘Impressive detail, humour and inventiveness … a triumph.’ –Courier Mail and ‘J.K. Rowling has delivered … her best book yet.’ – Sunday Telegraph. These reviews, not surprisingly, are absolutely accurate. The book is full of fun and excitement, and packed full of heated moments and heartbreaking tragedies.

The story is yet again based in the magical school of witchcraft and wizardry called Hogwarts, where Harry joins his two best friends Hermione and Ron in an action-packed adventure. There’s a dazzling plot twist where people close to Harry are put in grave danger, this novel sees the return of dangerous and ancient evil enemies and its up to Harry to save the day once again, for the fourth, and not the last time.

In my opinion, this is the best installment of the Harry Potter series yet; it’s full of mystery, suspense, action, humour and heart wrenching moments of pure ingenuity. The creativity needed to write this enchanting book is outstanding. The brilliance needed to think of all these thrilling moments is impressive, and in the end, millions around the world love these books. The series has become so successful, there have been movies made about them, and I can tell you, those movies do not even come close to the passion and creativity put into this book.

This book is so complicated, genius, thrilling, and most of all, majestic. The Harry Potter series is so entertaining, everyone can enjoy it, young to old, black or white, man or woman though I would probably recommend this book to those over 9-10 years old, as it is a little bit hard to follow, and a very long book. But my personal opinion, I would rate it 8.5/10, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I believe you will to!

Harrison, Year 9

November 12

‘Go Ask Alice’ by Anonymous

 

   Go ask Alice   Drugs. Sex. Boys. A troubled teenage girl. Interested? Then the novel ‘Go Ask Alice’ is for you.

      Although we never get to learn her name, this fifteen- year old girl wrote a secret diary for just over a year about her hardship with drugs, sex and boys. It all started when someone slipped LSD into her drink at a party. From there her whole world went downhill… steeply…. Throughout these diary entries she sells drugs to young children, hitchhikes to Colorado, lives on the streets and much, much more. No, this is not a glamorous story but it gives us an insight into the world of heavy drugs, which is certainly not glamorous.
I found this book thrilling to read with all of its twists and turns. The sense of truth behind it was remarkable. To think that this actually happened to a girl so close to my age and continues to happen today captured me. The narrator describes the high of the drugs, which may sound nice but she also describes the down afterwards. You can picture everything that is going on in her head and around her through her language. This is book is so inspiring that I wish I was able to meet her and really get to know her as a person and not just a drug addict. I would recommend ‘Go Ask Alice’ to students my age because this can generally be when the drug scene kicks in, therefore they can be educated on the possible outcomes of substance abuse. I would gladly give this inspiring book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Zali S. Year 9

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Drugs. Addiction. Acceptance. ‘Alice’, was the 15-year-old girl drowning under the pressures of life. We don’t know her real name or where she lives. We do know she had a passion for life’s beauty, boys and was wild and loving. One mistake sent her in a downward spiral into depression, loneliness and the seductive world of drugs. She was sucked into mistakes that would change her life forever. This was due to her need for acceptance.  Although Alice never planned for this to happen, she became trapped in a world from which she couldn’t escape.

 

Innocent Alice takes a dive into the world of drugs. She loved it. She first fell victim to the effects of LSD at a party. Drugs became the only priority in her life. She forgets school, family and friends. Her continual need for drugs caused a need for money. Money drove her to do things never expected for Alice. Her life was slowly spiraling out of control. She was entering the nightmarish world of drugs. It wasn’t long before Alice found herself imprisoned in a mental hospital.  She was vulnerable and not emotionally resilient. These personality traits gave her horrible consequences in life.

 

I would recommend ‘Go Ask Alice’ to teenagers and young adults. The book is good for high school students. It relates to teens through the struggle for acceptance, family issues, body image, sexuality, friends and boys.  It describes social pressures, the world of drugs and the struggle with addiction. This book opens the reader’s mind to the devastating effects on drugs and it is extremely intense.  I would rate ‘Go Ask Alice’ 4 out of 5 stars. Sophie, Year 9.     

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One teenage girl. One life. One diary. Partying. Drugs. Sex. Boys.

‘Go ask Alice’ is a book about a teenage 15-year-old girl who writes a secret diary about her life. This innocent girl gets introduced to partying, boys, drugs, sex and, from there on, her whole life turns upside down. It all started on the holidays when Alice went down to her grandparents’ house for a couple of weeks. Her life started to go downhill when she went to a party and someone put LSD into her drink.

 

Alice’s diary is very personal and she writes in it every day: what she does, her feelings, selling drugs to not only older people but little children, she also lives on the streets, gets addicted to drugs and so much more. Alice’s life will never be the same again as she is keeping everything a secret. Her parents start noticing her changes but they can’t help her because they don’t know what’s happening and think she is still their perfect daughter.

 

Why I liked this book so much was because this relates to our society and generation nowadays. Many teenagers are under the influence of drugs, having sex, going partying, being peer pressured into doing things we don’t want to do and lives going downhill from then on. This book is really inspiring and very relevant to many teenagers. This book is influential and shows teenagers how bad drugs really are and what the outcomes are of any abuse towards drugs. Many teenagers now keep secrets, hide things from their parents and do illegal things that Alice does. I would recommend this book to teenagers over the age of 14 and also young adults and rate this book very highly.

 

Monet J., Year 9

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      Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of a troubled teenage girl, whose only escape is drugs? Well, ‘Go Ask Alice’ is the book for you!

      ‘Go Ask Alice’ is the diary of an anonymous 15 year old girl in the 1960s. It all started when her drink was spiked with LSD at a New Year’s Eve party with her friends. She enjoys the high; it was nothing she’d ever felt before. Little did she know the substances were more addictive than she’d ever thought. Throughout the book, she admits to taking and selling drugs, running away and sleeping with older guys. The owner of the diary tells us that she feels like no one else accepts her unless she is with these boys or selling the drugs. She runs away with her friend and experiences what she thought would be a glamorous Brooklyn life, but it turns out to be a dangerous and saddening trip.

      This book was a very intriguing read and I also found it relatable and interesting, as she is the same age as me, but also I found it exciting and exhilarating because of all the commotion with the owner of the diary and with the people that surrounded her in her life. This book was also a learning experience about the dangers of drugs. I would give this exciting book a 4 out of 5 stars.

      Alex, Year 9.

                              

November 7

‘The Coming of the Whirlpool’ (Ship Kings #1) by Andrew McGahan

The coming of the whirlpool“Later, when the greatest mariner of his day and famous around the Four Isles, he was to be known by many names. He was to be called the Last of the Ship Kings, even though he was nothing of the sort. He would be called the Young Admiral and the Scapegoat’s captain. He would be called The Man Who Sailed Off The Edge Of The Earth.

But his real name, the name of his birth, was simply Dow. Dow Amber.”

Does this sound like the kind of protagonist you’d enjoy reading about? The kind of protagonist you would follow until the series comes to its bittersweet end? He certainly did it for me!

Life is dull and boring for Dow Amber in his small town of Yellow Bank, a logging town full of gruff woodcutters.  When Dow becomes a man, at the age of only 13, he was given a jacket, tent, and axe, and sent out for months on end to cut down trees with his father and his logging group. During this trip, Dow finds himself staring at the ocean, and falling in love with it. He instantly loved the ocean, and yearned for it. Dow eventually learns a dark secret, the reason behind his love for the ocean, and goes forth unto the world, to try and see the sea.

I really enjoyed Ship Kings due to its well paced plot which is rolled deep in mystery. Dow himself doesn’t understand what’s going on until he’s been informed. The way that the setting was designed kept me reading this book; Andrew McGahan did an amazing job describing the two towns in which Dow lives. He also detailed the people well and wrote them in an amazing way, all with different personalities that make them interesting as people.

Ship Kings, The Coming of the Whirlpool, took me to a different world with the amazing way that it’s been written. I felt heavily immersed in the setting and it felt as if I was really there, watching the events unfold. I give the book four out of five stars for its stellar writing and well-explored setting.

Cory, Year 9

June 6

‘Tuck Everlasting’ by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting      Say hello to the Tucks. They look young but they’re not. Immortal people don’t tickle your fancy? Then what will? The Tuck family isn’t your normal everyday family, well if you would consider immortal families “normal” then yeah they are as normal as they come.

     This particular family drank from the fountain of youth, but in this case it’s the spring of youth. The main character is named Winnie. One day after careful consideration Winnie ran away from home to become what she considers to be “free” but what happens is the opposite from “free” since she sees a 17 teen year old that considers himself to be 104 years old, drink from the spring of youth. What will happen? Only time will tell.

     I didn’t get too attached to this storyline since for me the story was a bit dull. Winnie goes off discovering the things she always wanted to, but not the way she hoped.

     I still recommend this book to all that love the thought of immortality and romance. This book is SCI-FI and with a hint of romance. The plot of this book was well planned out. I would rate this “Tuck Everlasting” 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Luke, Year 8.

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“What we Tucks have, you can’t call it living. We just… are. We’re like rocks, stuck at the side of a stream”.

The Tuck family discovered the spring of water giving everlasting life, but is it a privilege or a curse? Even as Winnie is kidnapped she must consider this question, as she is a witness to a murder. The Tucks drank from a spring that is actually a fountain of youth. Until the end they will stay that age, look and height. The Tuck family and Winnie have kept the secret of the spring because they realised it would bring harm and chaos. Winnie is a girl who the Tucks met. She fell in love with one of the Tucks, Jesse, who have the same feeling for her.

 

Winnie has everything a young girl could ever want, from a wealthy family to having all the clothes any girl could ever need. The Tucks will stay their age and never get older and change. All their friends will grow up and they won’t. The reason that Tuck Everlasting got its title is because the Tucks drank from the everlasting spring. The book is a romance story and isn’t really interesting for ages under 13 because it is about love and romance.

 

One day when Winnie was wandering through her wood she met this boy who she fell in love with. After Winnie has had a conversation with this boy, whose name is Jesse Tuck, Winnie finds herself being kidnapped by his mother and brother.

 

Winnie will have to make up her mind between when she turns seventeen staying that age forever so that they can be together or helping Jesse’s mum get out of jail for kidnapping Winnie.

 

I rate this book 6/10 because during the book you lose interest a bit because the book grabs your attention during the beginning and the end, but in the middle you lose interest a bit. Other than that ‘Tuck Everlasting’ may be recommended for you.

Maya, Year 8

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      People say you only live once but for the Tucks once if forever. The Tucks have discovered the fountain of youth letting them live forever but is this blessing or a curse?

     ‘Tuck Everlasting’ is a story about a family that stumbles upon a spring, but the Tucks did not know what power the spring posessed. So as they drank the water they were granted everlasting life. Unknowingly and in order to conceal their secret, they must travel the countryside, never staying at one place for too long.  

     Winnie Foster is a young wealthy girl who wants her freedom desperately and ends up running away. She meets Jesse Down at the fountain of youth drinking the water. Winnie goes to drink some water from the fountain of youth but Jesse stops her. Jesse’s mother and brother, the three Tucks, grab Winnie and start running. The Tucks take her back to their house and tell Winnie their story, and Winnie promises to keep her mouth shut about the whole thing. As Winnie travels with the Tucks she falls in love with Jesse Tuck. The Tucks are endearing, heartwarming and truly amazing people. But the story can’t always be about happiness. There is also a villain who wants to drink from the fountain of youth and live forever.

 

The book is an amazing story with life lessons around every corner. I recommend this book to ages from 14 to 18 who love to read love stories with action and adventure. This book is truly a great read. Austin N. Year 8

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“If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about people, it’s that many will do anything not to die.” (Mr Tuck)

     The Tuck family was just your ordinary family, until they had a drink from the spring. Now they will live forever. Winnie’s life was ordinary and boring with her mum wanting her to be a proper lady, until she met Jessie Tuck and his family. But someone’s looking for the Tucks, trying to uncover their secret.

     Set in a little village of Treegap, Tuck Everlasting is an inspiring love story about a little girl that goes missing and finds true love that could never work.

     The worldwide best-selling classic by Natalie Babbit, Tuck Everlasting is an amazing book. I would recommend. It is a quick read for teenagers or a decent book for 10- 12 year olds who concentrate on their reading and are good at it. It is a great book that holds suspense in every page you turn.

     I liked this book a lot. The only bad point is at the beginning it’s a little hard to understand, but other than that the book is amazing. Depending on what kind of mind you have this book could be rated as many genres: if you have an adventure kind of mind, this book might seem like an adventure story, but if you are into love stories then this is a love story for you. It depends on how you read this book. It is very interesting and suits many people.

     If you liked reading Tuck Everlasting it has also been made into a movie by Walt Disney pictures and, like the book, it’s amazing.

‘A fearsome and beautifully written book that can’t be put down or forgotten.’The New Yorker

‘Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last for ever – in the reader’s imagination.’ Amazon.com

Erin T. Year 8

 

November 1

‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne

It was a time of change. It was time of anarchy, a time of war…

Nine year-old Bruno’s life changed the day he came home from school to find his maid packing his belongings into boxes, even the things he’d hidden at the back of his wardrobe that belonged to him and were nobody else’s business. Little did Bruno know that within those boxes were the remains of his life in Berlin. Bruno and his family have been required by the all powerful ‘Fury’ to leave their home, their friends and their life and move to a miserable place, where there are no other kids to play with and no secret crevices in their house to explore, to ‘Out-With’. But there is something going on at ‘Out-With’ that Bruno doesn’t know about. Why is there a fence? Who are those people in the striped pyjamas on the other side? What are they doing there? These are all questions that Bruno is faced with and one day he decides to explore and find out.

I really enjoyed this book ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ because it is a story that captivates your mind and keeps you guessing what is going to happen next. John Boyne’s writing technique and use of words takes you back in time and makes you feel like you are experiencing life in that period of time and puts you in the shoes of the people who lived back then.

I recommend this book to young teens of any gender between the ages of 11 and 15 who are interested in exciting and suspenseful novels. This book is truly a great book and I think everyone should give it a read. I rate the book ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’ 3 out of 5 stars. Ciara, Year 9.

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The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne

Powerful, interesting, brutal and depressing are just some of the words that describe how this book impacted on me and I believe it is due to this mix of emotions which makes the reader so intrigued to read on.

The story is set in Berlin, Germany where the five characters live happily as a family.  The main character the book is centred on, Bruno, is a nine year old boy.  He has an older sister Gretel who Bruno thinks is a hopeless case, a Father who is one of the main Generals of the Nazi Army, his Mother and also the Housemaid who was brought into the family by the Father when she was three years old.

The story starts with Bruno arriving home from school one day to see his belongings packed away in large suitcases.  He later finds out he has to move to another location away from Berlin with his family, leaving his friends and school behind.   After arriving at his new destination he soon realises that it is quite remote and dull with no other children to play with.  Bruno spends many days before attending school looking out the window near his bedroom and watching the groups of children behind the barbed wire fence wondering who they were, what they were doing and whey they looked so miserable.

Then one day after living at his new house for a little while, he met one of the boys who was encaged behind the fence named Shmuel.  Shmuel was small, skinny, very pale and had a shaved head, and after meeting him, Bruno would visit him every day after school.  His new friend who would be sitting cross-legged waiting for him and they would then talk for ages about the past and present.  Over time he grew rather fond of staying at his new house mostly because of his new friend Shmuel, but he was happy in the end.

To his disappointment, he found out that in a couple of days they were going to move, so Bruno organised to go over to the other side of the fence with Schmuel to play with him and to try and find his missing Papa.  Not all goes well.

I liked this book because of its storyline. I was interested in what things were like back in those days, and the concepts of how life was.  I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults. Although it is an easy read, it takes a bit of knowledge to understand exactly what is going on.  I would highly recommend this book nevertheless.

Denny, Year 9

October 31

‘The Coming of the Whirlpool’ by Andrew McGahan (Ship Kings #1)

My rating of the book 5 out of 5 stars.

Ship Kings: The coming of the whirlpool” is an astounding story that will grasp your very foremost attention from the first page.  It is about a most uncommon hero who finds himself in a lot deeper trouble then he first imagined.

Dow is just a young boy of the age of 12 when he realises that his boring life as Lumberjack will not fulfil his dreams of going out to the amazing, endless sea.  But when he arrives at his new home, he finds this entire town is relying on him, and he has no idea what to do, or even where to stay when he first arrives.  Dow is just a young boy with a million questions that need answering. Now the fate of an entire town, or even island relies on him.

The language in the book is a little above moderate level and may sometimes be hard to interpret what is happening, however it’s as exciting as Moby Dick and even Conspiracy 365.  It is the first of what is to be an absolutely amazing trilogy and you will never want to put the book down.  The thoughts of Dow and all the people who he met along the way have really stuck in my mind ever since I finished that book and I will not soon be forgetting of them.

An amazing adventure story for gentlemen of all teenage years, it shows you what a real fantasy/adventure book is.  When you finish this fabulous story you’ll want to get the next book, and just keep on reading.  You will want to know more about how Dow faces his challenges, how he prevails, and how he fails. You will want to know more of this amazing story.  This book was truly great.

Connor Year 9

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I rate this book five out of five star.

The book The coming of the whirlpool” is a gripping, exciting story about the travels of a boy named Dow Amber, a timber cutter’s son who decides that he does not want to follow in his father’s footsteps. Instead, Dow dreams of going out to sea. This story takes you for an exciting ride even before the second page, a quick ride that leaves you hanging on every chapter, only making you want more. The story has slow bits, fast bits and lots of cliffhangers. The book seems to stop and start in the blink of an eye and just when you think it’s getting a bit boring, it jumps back up and surprises you with the most wondrous comebacks and most intense scenes, making your mind race at breakneck speeds. This book is long and tedious at times but in the end it is more worth it than anything else. This was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves epic fantasies or a great adventure book. I look forward to the next two books in this series.

By: C.A. year 9

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I rate the book, The Coming of the Whirlpool, 4 out of 5 stars. This book is an adventure or epic fantasy book and can catch the attention of the reader very quickly, but the language can be hard to comprehend for some readers. Nonetheless, the book is still very good and is about a hero by the name of Dow Amber.

Dow Amber was just an ordinary boy, the eldest son, who was born into a woodcutting family from the Highlands; this was until he turned twelve. Because Dow was the eldest son, and had turned twelve, he had to take the role of his father, and travel out to the wilderness for weeks on end, just to log trees. This all came to an end when he first saw the ocean from a cliff side and saw the Ship Kings sailing, suddenly something came upon Dow, which made him strive to sail the seas. Many years later Dow pleaded to the council of elders for permission to travel New Island to continue on with his destiny. Dow found himself joining a lonely fishing colony, where shortly after he found himself swimming in deep water, trying to keep his identity from the Ship Kings.

It should be clear that this epic fantasy adventure book is very entertaining and is well suited for teenagers. Just starting to read it makes you feel like you don’t want to stop reading, which is why I really liked this book.

 Jesse, Year 9

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The Coming Of The Whirlpool is a great book certainly recommended for any teenager. I really enjoyed this book because the main character, Dow, is a young teen who sets out on an adventure away from what his people have wanted him to be, but to instead have life at the ocean.

I rate this book a ‘five out of five’ stars because it’s a very interesting book and an uncommon story that would usually be told in this time setting. The genre of this book would be an action/adventure because the protagonist does set out on an adventure and does encounter a little action. This book is a teenager’s book and I believe that Andrew McGahan did a terrific job of writing this book because once I started I couldn’t stop.

The author’s language is above moderate level and there can be some difficult phrases that may give slow readers a bit of difficulty, but still make it enjoyable. For this book’s difficulty level I would give a 6/10.

Nathan, Year 9

October 29

‘Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan

Meet Percy Jackson. From a normal human’s perspective, he would look like a normal troubled twelve-year-old boy. But really he is our last hope to save the earth from the grasps of the two biggest gods going to battle. Does this sound like a book that would cast a spell on you to keep reading through the night? Then Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the perfect book for you!

There is a war about to happen. The two gods, Hades and Aries, are about to battle one of the most devastating battles ever. Percy Jackson thinks he is a normal teenage 12-year-old boy living in a normal world in New York City, that is until he finds out he is the son of Poseidon, and the only safe place in the world is at Half Blood Camp. There he is summoned to go on a quest with Grover, (a half horse, half boy) and Annabeth (a newly met girl) to try and find Aries’ lightning bolt and safely return it to him so Percy will get his Mother back. Whilst this is happening, monsters are trying to kill them, as Hades wants the war to go on. The main characters in the story are Percy, Grover and Annabeth.

I really enjoyed reading the book, ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ because it is a story about a twelve year old that has dyslexia, ADHD, and he thinks he has a bad life, like most real teenagers in the world. But then Percy gets told that all these bad things were because he is a demi-god! And he realises that he is on top of the wanted list by the god Hades (The god of the underworld). The reason I like this book so much is because it is about friendships and family, with a lot of action to entertain, and educates you about the Greek Gods and their powers and their sons and daughters. Rick Riordan constantly kept me glued to this book, chapter after chapter, with the constant action, mystery and bravery. With easy to imagine scenes, it’s a great action packed thriller with an amazing storyline,. This could easily be in contention for my best read this year!

I recommend this book to boys from teen to young adults, aged between 12-15 who are interested in Mythological Fantasy and Fiction books which are action packed, thrilling, entertaining and mysterious novels. This book is an excellent read. I rate ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ 4 out of 5 stars. Sam, Year 9

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I really enjoyed the book , “Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief”. It is a very adventurous book and is very exhilarating throughout the entire book. There are a lot of twists and turns and it made me want to keep reading until I read the book from cover to cover.
This book is about a boy who has dyslexia. He thought his life was miserable, but he had a special ability that gets explained in the book. Later on in the book his mother gets abducted by Hades (God of the Underworld) so then Percy goes on a quest with his mates Grover and Annabel to rescue his mother and return the Lighting Bolt that has been stolen by one of the characters in the book.
This book has made me want to read the whole Percy Jackson Series and more books of any genre.

I recommend this book to teens and young adults between the ages of 11 – 20 who are interested in adventurous action-packed fantasy. This is one of my favourite books and I hope to enjoy the other books in the series as much as I did this one. This book is honestly a great book to read especially if it’s a rainy day outside and there is nothing to do. By reading this great book it will make you want to wish every day was a rainy day. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Josh, Year 9

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Percy Jackson. A boy who went from being a troubled twelve year old boy to being one of the greatest demi-gods of all time! Percy Jackson is a boy who has trouble staying out of mischief because most of the time, mischief finds him! But as he soon discovers he is a son of a Greek god, he is sent out with two friends and begins a quest that will decide the world’s fate.

The book “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” is full of action and adventure, and will have you holding your breathe waiting to see what will happen next to the trio. If you want a book that will keep you up all night until you have finished reading, then this is the book for you!

This book is about a dyslexic boy named Percy, who has trouble with school studies, making friends and just trying to fit in like he wishes he could. But luckily for Percy he is about to have his life completely changed. He discovers he is a demi-god and son of Poseidon and about to join a war between the Gods of Greece, and the only safe place is a camp for demi-gods like Percy. Percy discovers that the war is about how the main lighting bolt (carried by Zeus), has been stolen! Percy is teamed up with his best friend Grover and a girl named Annabeth to help find the missing bolt and end this catastrophe once and for all!

I recommend this book to boys from the age of 12-18, who love adventure, mystery, action and overall fantasy and fiction books. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the other books in the series as it was a great read. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars and hope you love the book as much as I did. Nathan, Year 9

 

April 30

‘The Coming of the Whirlpool’ by Andrew McGahan

The Coming of the WhirlpoolThe Coming of the Whirlpool by Andrew McGahan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Coming of the Whirpool has all the elements of a modern classic for young adults: an unlikely hero who is only too aware of his frailty, a monumental struggle against the elements, drama, the hero’s conflict within himself as well as with society.

Although the language and level of description may be unfamiliar to some of today’s teen readers (unless they are keen fantasy lovers), however this story brought to mind other great sea tales such as Moby Dick and The Old Man and the Sea. Dow has stayed with me long after I had finished reading – for me, the mark of a great story!

The first in a trilogy, the story is none the less satisfying and bound to be a classic of our time. Mrs Osborne

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November 21

‘The Wave’ by Morton Rhue

‘The wave’ is an intriguing book from the start and really draws you in and completely get you interested in the story unlike other books where it takes hours of reading to truly get into it and only stay around for that moment where it gets interesting. It is instantly interesting. The story could honestly be a bit better but that is a little problem that I have with this book and one of the only ones. The book all in all was quite good and had a very strong story. Conor, Year 9